As much as we love summer, the pesky mosquitoes and other creatures that come with it simply cannot be neglected. Not only do mosquitoes cause troubles when we try to enjoy outdoors, but the recent Zika virus epidemic is yet another reason to ward off these pests. Even though the store-bought sprays are effective at keeping these pests at bay, many of them contain DEET, a chemical which has been found to cause various health issues, such as skin irritation, allergic reactions, and even nervous system interference.
Fortunately, there is another option that is effective and harmless at the same time. You can make your own bug repellent with essential oils like these:
Lemon eucalyptus essential oil, extracted from the leaves of the lemon eucalyptus tree has proved throughout to be extremely effective at repelling mosquitoes.
Citronella essential oil, extracted from lemon grass, also has a strong scent that wards off mosquitoes and other flying insects.
One study also found that substances produced by the peel of common citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines and grapefruits are all effective at repelling mosquitoes.
Mosquito Repellent Mason Jars
An effective, and aesthetically pleasing, method of using essential oils and citrus fruits as mosquito repellent is through the use of mason jars. Here is everything that you’ll need to make your own mason jar bug repellents:
- 2 mason jars
- 10 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops of citronella essential oil
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 4 sprigs of rosemary (optional)
- Floating disc candles
- Add an even amount of slices of lemon and lime to each jar
- Put 2 sprigs or rosemary into each jar (optional)
- Fill the jar about 3/4 full with water
- Add essential oils, 10 of each type to a specific jar (don’t mix them together)
- Add more water (if necessary) until the jar is almost full
All you have to do to activate these natural mosquito repellents is to light a candle. These jars are also a great decoration for porches, backyards, campfires or any other outdoors place where people (and mosquitoes) like to spend time.